Thursday, November 13, 2008

Semolina Bread


Baking bread is something that a lot of my blogger buddies seem to do regularly and beautifully. Every time I saw a blog post on some one else's blog about bread baking I always wanted to try those recipes but somehow the thought of baking a loaf of bread seemed very daunting. Then I came across this encouraging post with a step by step pictorial on Divya's blog and thought this seemed like  a good place for me to start.

She mentions semolina flour in her post and I went to Whole foods to buy it, only to find that the semolina flour in the store looked and felt a lot like the fine semolina (fine rava) that I had in large quantities from the last time I had purchased that from the Indian store. I decided to try it with the fine rava I had at home but was a little nervous about it. My fears were unfounded as the bread worked out flawlessly and we loved the taste and texture of this bread. I mention this for those of you who have copious amounts of fine rava at home, you can use that to make this bread and save yourself a trip to the grocery :-)

It was not as dense and chewy as wheat bread and yet it was not exactly like the regular all purpose flour bread either. It was quite delicious and yum and for those of you who want to start baking bread this really is a good place to start or if you already are an expert baker try this for a change of pace...







Ingredients and method to make Semolina bread
3 1/4 cups semolina flour (fine rava/sooji)
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp instant yeast (I used active dry yeast)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water

Dissolve yeast & sugar in warm water and keep aside for five minutes

Grease a bread loaf pan and keep aside

In a large bowl mix flour and salt.

Add the warm water and olive oil to the flour and knead well. Knead for about ten minutes.

Coat with a teaspoon of oil and keep aside to rise for a couple of hours.

Fold the dough three to four times and add to the greased bread loaf pan and flatten and keep aside to rise for another 2 hours

Pre heat oven to 375 deg F

Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown 

Remove from oven and cool thoroughly.

Slice and enjoy.

This is my entry into the  bookmarked events  being hosted by Ruth.



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36 comments :

anudivya said...

Well, what can I say? It is my way of starting my sentence when I am in awe! Looks so beautiful Usha, infact better than mine.
Yippie! I am so thrilled that it worked out fine for you, and now I am gonna bake more breads, just to make you bake them more. He he he.
Just kidding, I know you will do just fine on your own.
Beautiful loaf, and has risen beautifully!

lothi said...

hey tats great! bread luks awesome and the ingredients used in this is easily available at every home!
Have to try....

Pearlsofeast said...

Hey I also wanted to try semolina bread as it looks great. lovely texture.

Divya Vikram said...

That loaf looks beautifully risen n baked.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely loaf.I loved Divya's bread also.This looks perfect.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

good one Usha.. nothing like fresh homemade bread.. i haven't started using the oven ever since we moved to this apartment.. shud start soon!

Manasi said...

I'm a little scared of yeast since the one time I did try something with it, I failed spectacularly :) But this bread is just begging to be tried. I say a loaf of this slathered in butter and ginger-pepper tea...just the thing for a rainy afternoon, no? Thanks for the nice words on my blog.

Manasi said...

I'm a little scared of yeast since the one time I did try something with it, I failed spectacularly :) But this bread is just begging to be tried. I say a loaf of this slathered in butter and ginger-pepper tea...just the thing for a rainy afternoon, no? Thanks for the nice words on my blog.

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo..this is unique bread..is moist and fluffy..

aTxVegn said...

That is a beautiful loaf of bread!

Cham said...

Wow the way it raised, looks gorgeous :)

Sukanya said...

The bread looks perfect.Thanks for the lovely comments in my blog and Iam glad you likes the change in design. Thanks again.

Priya said...

Semolina bread looks scrumptious..i have something for u in my blog, pls check it out..
http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/11/awards-time.html

Laavanya said...

I admired it on Anudivya's blog and I'm doing the same thing now.. I thought we needed special flour too - had no idea that we could use the fine rava we have at home :)

Indranee said...

Lovely semolina bread!!

sowmya said...

I saw in divya 'sblog and wante dto try it..after seeing yours , I am surely going to bake it soon..looks great..nic epictures..

Jayashree Mudaliar said...

Hi Usha, Thanks for stopping by at my space..Your space is wonderful..I'm sure I can take lot of inspirations from your recipes as well...

The Semolina bread looks fabulous..I would love to try it..Happy blogging :)

Happy cook said...

I remember seeing this in her place and your bread looks really yummy too

Madhavi said...

WOW this bread looks greatttt, very nice entry!!

I posted an event for Children's Day event on my blog, plz participate!!! Here's link..

http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/2008/11/celebrating-childrens-day-event.html

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Bread has turned out really well... got something for you at http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com/2008/11/spicy-vegetable-kurma.html

Malar Gandhi said...

lovely...so new to me, sounds interesting...

Malar Gandhi said...

lovely...so new to me, sounds interesting...

Gita's Kitchen said...

The bread looks so soft and moist..Please check my blog, I have something for you :)

Vaishali said...

This bread looks just perfect, Usha. Very intriguing, and a must-try.

Jaishree said...

WOW this bread looks lovely.. so soft and moist . I would love to try it.. very nice pic nv nice entry!!

Jayashree Mudaliar said...

Hi Usha,

I have something for you in my blog..pls collect it :)

Purva Desai said...

Semolina bread sounds healthy. Bread looks perfect fluffy and soft...

A lovely surprise is waiting for you collect it from my blog!!!

Sagari said...

wonderfull bread usha

Kavitha said...

Perfect usha! You did it! keep it up! All your recipes are worthy. My most favorite breakfast is bread and milk. you have showed a way to bake my own bread. I'll try and soon i let you know how it came for me...

Malar Gandhi said...

Dude trail back to my blog, have soemthing for you!

MAHIMA said...

Hi u have a wonderful blog, amazing recipes
Seeing ur love for cooking i wanted to tag u for a bread baking event which is a fund raiser for africa, but before doing so wanted to ask u if its ok to do so?
Would appreciate your reply soon.
Thanks.

Viki Xavier. said...

Hi This bread looks amazing.
Just visit me. I have something for u dear.

Viki Xavier. said...

Hi This bread looks amazing.
Just visit me. I have something for u dear.

n33ma said...

Baked to perfection.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey usha, i used a kuzhipaniyaram pan.. i have put a pic of the pan.. if u want to check it out, visit my blog.

Ruth E said...

I'm not much of a bread baker but would like to bake bread more often. This loaf looks great, hope you keep up the bread baking

Thanks for sending this into bookmarked recipes

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